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Mozart: Complete String Quartets / Talich Quartet


Release Date: 12/13/2011 
Label:  La Dolce Volta   Catalog #: 100  
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Joseph Haydn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Only the most ideologically rigid period-instrument purist will dislike this gorgeous set of the complete Mozart quartets. One amusing typo: the early Quartet K. 80 is listed on the disc sleeve as K. 805, so if you see that please don’t make yourself crazy looking for the missing 200 or so Kochel numbers in between! Otherwise, the performances themselves are models of the kind of gracious musicality that never precludes the necessary expressive intensity. Everything is well-proportioned: tempos, balance among the players, dynamic range: this is great quartet playing. Individual music lovers will naturally have their favorite moments, but I found the “Prussian” Quartets especially impressive, as the Talich players never let the bottom-heavy Read more writing weigh down the texture. Although the box claims that these performances have been remastered from the original Calliope tapes, they always sounded very good—and they still do. A great set.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Strings no 14 in G major, K 387 "Spring" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 15 in D minor, K 421 (417b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major, K 80 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Lodi, Italy 
Date of Recording: 1993 
4.
Quartet for Strings no 16 in E flat major, K 428 (421b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Quartet for Strings no 17 in B flat major, K 458 "Hunt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Quartet for Strings no 18 in A major, K 464 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 19 in C major, K 465 "Dissonance" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Quartet for Strings no 21 in D major, K 575 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Quartet for Strings no 20 in D major, K 499 "Hoffmeister" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Quartet for Strings no 23 in F major, K 590 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Quartet for Strings no 22 in B flat major, K 589 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Quartet for Strings no 2 in D major, K 155 (134a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Bolzano, Italy 
13.
Quartet for Strings no 3 in G major, K 156 (134b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Milan, Italy 
14.
Quartet for Strings no 4 in C major, K 157 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772-1773; Milan, Italy 
15.
Quartet for Strings no 5 in F major, K 158 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772-1773; Milan, Italy 
16.
Quartet for Strings no 6 in B flat major, K 159 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
17.
Quartet for Strings no 7 in E flat major, K 160 (159a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Milan, Italy 
18.
Quartet for Strings no 8 in F major, K 168 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Quartet for Strings no 9 in A major, K 169 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Quartet for Strings no 10 in C major, K 170 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Quartet for Strings no 11 in E flat major, K 171 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Quartet for Strings no 12 in B flat major, K 172 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Vienna, Austria 
23.
Quartet for Strings no 13 in D minor, K 173 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Talich String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

String Quartet no 2 in D major, K.155: I. Allegro
String Quartet no 2 in D major, K.155: II. Andante
String Quartet no 2 in D major, K.155: III. Allegro molto
String Quartet no 3 in G major, K.156: I. Presto
String Quartet no 3 in G major, K.156: II. Adagio
String Quartet no 3 in G major, K.156: III. Tempo di Menuetto
String Quartet no 4 in C major, K.157: I. Allegro
String Quartet no 4 in C major, K.157: II. Andante
String Quartet no 4 in C major, K.157: III. Presto
String Quartet no 5 in F major, K.158: I. Allegro
String Quartet no 5 in F major, K.158: II. Andante un poco Allegretto
String Quartet no 5 in F major, K.158: III. Tempo di Menuetto
String Quartet no 6 in B-flat major, K.159: I. Andante
String Quartet no 6 in B-flat major, K.159: II. Allegro
String Quartet no 6 in B-flat major, K.159: III. Rondo. Allegro grazioso
String Quartet no 7 in E-flat major, K.160: I. Allegro
String Quartet no 7 in E-flat major, K.160: II. Un poco Adagio
String Quartet no 7 in E-flat major, K.160: III. Presto
String Quartet no 8 in F major, K.168: I. Allegro
String Quartet no 8 in F major, K.168: II. Andante
String Quartet no 8 in F major, K.168: III. Menuetto - Trio
String Quartet no 8 in F major, K.168: IV. Allegro
String Quartet no 9 in A major, K.169: I. Molto allegro
String Quartet no 9 in A major, K.169: II. Andante
String Quartet no 9 in A major, K.169: III. Menuetto - Trio
String Quartet no 9 in A major, K.169: IV. Rondeau
String Quartet no 10 in C major, K.170: I. Andante
String Quartet no 10 in C major, K.170: II. Menuetto
String Quartet no 10 in C major, K.170: III. Un poco Adagio
String Quartet no 10 in C major, K.170: IV. Rondo - Allegro
String Quartet no 11 in E-flat major, K.171: I. Adagio - Allegro assai
String Quartet no 11 in E-flat major, K.171: II. Menuetto
String Quartet no 11 in E-flat major, K.171: III. Andante
String Quartet no 11 in E-flat major, K.171: IV. Allegro assai
String Quartet no 12 in B-flat major, K.172: I. Allegro spiritoso
String Quartet no 12 in B-flat major, K.172: II. Adagio
String Quartet no 12 in B-flat major, K.172: III. Menuetto
String Quartet no 12 in B-flat major, K.172: IV. Allegro assai
String Quartet no 13 in D minor, K.173: I. Allegro, ma molto moderato
String Quartet no 13 in D minor, K.173: II. Andante grazioso
String Quartet no 13 in D minor, K.173: III. Menuetto
String Quartet no 13 in D minor, K.173: IV. Allegro
string Quartet no. 14 in g major, ?spring?, K. 387: I. Allegro vivace assai
string Quartet no. 14 in g major, ?spring?, K. 387: II. Menuetto avec trio. Allegro
string Quartet no. 14 in g major, ?spring?, K. 387: III. Andante cantabile
string Quartet no. 14 in g major, ?spring?, K. 387: IV. Molto Allegro
string Quartet no. 15 in D minor, K. 421: I. Allegro
string Quartet no. 15 in D minor, K. 421: II. Andante
string Quartet no. 15 in D minor, K. 421: III. Menuetto avec trio. Allegretto
string Quartet no. 15 in D minor, K. 421: IV. Allegro ma non troppo
string Quartet no. 16 in e-flat major, K. 428: I. Allegro ma non troppo
string Quartet no. 16 in e-flat major, K. 428: II. Andante con moto
string Quartet no. 16 in e-flat major, K. 428: III. Menuetto avec trio. Allegro
string Quartet no. 16 in e-flat major, K. 428: IV. Allegro vivace
string Quartet no. 17 in B-flat major, ?Hunt?, K. 458: I. Allegro vivace assai
string Quartet no. 17 in B-flat major, ?Hunt?, K. 458: II. Menuetto moderato
string Quartet no. 17 in B-flat major, ?Hunt?, K. 458: III. Adagio
string Quartet no. 17 in B-flat major, ?Hunt?, K. 458: IV. Allegro assai

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